Duurstede Castle

Duurstede Castle

Duurstede Castle

Duurstede Castle

Duurstede Castle

Duurstede Castle

In the town Wijk bij Duurstede, province Utrecht, are the remains of an old castle: Kasteel Duurstede, or Duurstede Castle.

The history of this castle goes back to the 13th century, when a donjon was built on this place. In the 15th century the bishop of Utrecht settled in Duurstede, and he had the donjon expanded into a large castle, with the old donjon in the centre of the castle.

The second half of the 15th century was the glory time of the castle, afterwards it was neglected and fell into disarray. After Wijk bij Duurstede was larely destroyed during one of the many wars of the 17th century, its citizens used stones from the castle to repair their houses and city walls, and stripped away most of the castle.

Today, the old donjon and a defense tower from the 15th century survive. The towers were restored, and the remains of the castle consolidated, in the 20th century.

The former castle gardens, now a park, are open to the public. Usually it is also possible to cross the bridge over the moot and enter the inner court. The towers are closed to the public, but can be booked for weddings and parties.

The website of Duurstede Castle has more information on the castle and on the functions that can be booked, but only in Dutch.

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